When most people hear the word ‘bacteria’, they tend to think of something that is detrimental to their health. However, there are several good bacteria that our bodies need in order to function properly, such as those which are essential to intestinal flora.
Bacteria called lactobacillus acidophilus and lactobacillus bifidus are vital and beneficial to intestinal flora, plus they prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing problems in your body. These bacteria can also prevent diseases like irritable bowl or distended colon, which can appear if the bacteria protecting the body are too few in number.
How can you restore intestinal flora?
There are specific foods you should eat in order to restore the flora, which we’ve listed below:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Ginger root
- Berries and fruits with plenty of fiber
- Lean protein
- Black tea
- Raw Almonds
- Flax seed oil or meal
- Fish Oil
- Ground cayenne pepper
Furthermore, you should stock up on fermented foods like the following:
- Cottage Cheese
- Greek Yogurt
- Pickled Radishes
- Pickled Beets
- Yogurt with active cultures
In addition to eating these foods, you should also consume around 25-35 grams of fiber a day, and add prebiotics or lactobacillus acidophilus in capsule form to your diet. You must also try your hardest to resist the temptation to eat fatty foods, like sauces and fried foods.
You should also be very careful not to self-medicate. Antibiotics are already a major factor in the destruction of intestinal flora. The best thing to do is to increase your consumption of all the foods we’ve recommended, since they not only restore the intestinal flora but also contain natural forms of prebiotics.
Out of the foods previously listed, your body can benefit the most from the fermented foods, vegetables, and fruits rich in fiber. However, all the foods we have recommended help restore intestinal flora and provide essential nutrients that greatly benefit your overall health.